Synopses & Reviews
The vast empire that Alexander the Great left at his death in 323 BC has few parallels. For the next three hundred years the Greeks controlled a complex of monarchies and city-states that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to India. Walbank's lucid and authoritative history of that Hellenistic world examines political events, describes the different social systems and mores of the people under Greek rule, traces important developments in literature and science, and discusses the new religious movements.
Walbank's Hellenistic World beautifully recalls for contemporary readers the general and special achievements and features of one of the most remarkable periods in world history. Robin Lane Fox - Financial Times
Together these five compact volumes [Early Greece by Oswyn Murray, Democracy and Classical Greece by J. K. Davies, The Hellenistic World by F. W. Walbank, The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford, The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron, all available from Harvard] cover much of the history of the classical world, and do so with both ease and authority...For this new series they have been revised or otherwise brought up to date. John E. Rexine - History
Anyone with an interest in classical civilization would enjoy this...It is the best book [on the subject] available in English. Times Literary Supplement
Walbank's erudition is predictably wide as well as deep, his mastery of the essential documents assured...He is also commendably up-to-date on many vexed questions of interpretation...Walbank is clear and perceptive. Peter Green
A concise but comprehensive and authoritative book in English on the Hellenistic world, the world set in motion by Alexander the Great, is indeed most welcome. Walbank was unquestionably well equipped to undertake such a project, and his contribution has been well appreciated. Washington Post Book World
Walbank's lucid and authoritative history of the Hellenistic world examines political events, describes the different social systems and mores of the people under Greek rule, traces important developments in literature and science, and discusses the new religious movements.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -277) and indexes.
About the Author
F. W. Walbank was Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations
1. Introduction: The Sources
2. Alexander the Great (336-323)
3. The Formation of the Kingdoms (323-276)
4. The Hellenistic World: A Homogeneous Culture?
5. Macedonia and Greece
6. Ptolemaic Egypt
7. The Seleucids and the East
8. Inter-City Contacts and Federal States
9. Social and Economic Trends
10. Cultural Developments: Philosophy, Science and Technology
11. The Frontiers of the Hellenistic World: Geographical Studies
12. Religious Developments
13. The Coming of Rome
Further Reading and Bibliography
Index of Sources